The leaves are changing faster than I have posted around here. The summer was a hot sweaty mess. And once the final decision was made not to attend the SF B'Con, The Hungry Detective was all at sea. However, there is nothing worse than a blogger complaining about the morass of complacency.
Fall 2010 looks to be fruitful. Everything on the list is a distant second to MOONLIGHT MILE. The return of Mr. Lehane is giving me a panic attack. I am actually being more careful in life lest some horrid accident befall me before November.
Do yourself a favor, find yourself a hammock and read these books! My thanks to Fantastic Fiction and The Bloodstained Bookshelf.
THE HANGING TREE - Bryan Gruley - In stores now!
Mr. Gruley returns with his follow-up to STRAVATION LAKE. I am not along in thinking that Mr. Gruley's first was a winner from the word go. The book has been out a few weeks now, but I'll be looking for this in the coming months.
THE BODY AND THE BLOOD - Michael Lister - September 15th
Mr. Lister's latest appeared a few days ago. I read DOUBLE EXPOSURE earlier this year and have been looking to get back to one of his books. His latest is from his John Jordan series.
THE ADJUSTMENT - Scott Phillips - September 21st
Possibly the best neo-noir writer of the 21st century? I wouldn't know because I have never read any of his stuff... and feel stupid for not doing so.
VOYEUR - Daniel Judson - September 28
Mr. Judson wrote the best thing I read last year, THE VIOLET HOUR. The devotion to Mr. Judson begins NOW!
COLLUSION - Stuart Neville - October 1
Follow up to his hugely successful first book GHOSTS OF BELFAST, Stuart Neville returns to the tortured world of IRA assassin, Gerry Fegan. While I dug the first book I felt that Mr. Neville forgot to kill off the most important person, that being Mr. Fegan. Of course, that would make this sequel slightly more difficult to find believable.
THE REVERSAL - Michael Connelly - October 5
I'm one of the few people who is not entirely sold on Mickey Haller. I certainly enjoyed THE BRASS VERDICT a lot more than THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Why? Bosch. Hard for me to accept any substitute.
MOONLIGHT MILE - Dennis Lehane - November 2
Who do I have to kill to get a copy of this early? Seriously!
CRESCENT DAWN - Clive and Dirk Cussler - Nov 16
THD owes a lot to Mr. Clive Cussler. He was the gateway drug that has lead me to this point. Implausible from page one, but always hugely enjoyable. I will be a fan of Dirk and Al, et.al. to the day The Hungry Detective can no longer read the printed word.
And, of course, there are a number of other books that have piqued the interest of The Hungry Detective.